Prime plans entrance into Phoenix data center market with data center campus

May 9, 2023
The resulting “Prime Phoenix” campus will feature 210 MW of critical power and 1.3 million square feet of space.

Prime has announced plans to build a five-building, 66.5-acre data center campus in Avondale, near Phoenix. The resulting “Prime Phoenix” campus will feature 210 MW of critical power and 1.3 million square feet of space.

The campus will be in Maricopa County, which Prime says is “a few minutes” west of downtown Phoenix. Prime will make dark fiber available to provide customers with low-latency connectivity from the campus to local carrier-hotel meet-me rooms and internet exchange points. The company expects construction of the first building on the campus to finish in the third quarter of 2025. This initial facility will provide 260,400 square feet and 42 critical MW of capacity to target customers, which include hyperscale services providers, large internet brands, global technology companies, and Fortune 500 enterprises.

The facilities will be designed to use 100% renewable energy. Prime asserts the closed-loop cooling system at each Phoenix data center will save millions of gallons of water when compared to evaporative systems. The result will be near-zero Water Usage Effectiveness (WUE) and 97% less water consumed than an equally sized residential neighborhood, according to the company.

“Phoenix presents an incredible growth opportunity for Prime as a top-five, North American data center market with increasing demand from cloud and enterprise data center buyers,” stated Chris Sumter, executive vice president of acquisitions at Prime. “With compelling state tax incentives, power costs 16% to 18% below national averages, and low risk of natural disasters, Phoenix will sustain its position for years to come. This project will further Prime’s commitment to sustainability and technology advancement through efficient enablement of higher power densities and recycled water.”

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Stephen Hardy | Editorial Director and Associate Publisher, Lightwave

Stephen Hardy is editorial director and associate publisher of Lightwave and Broadband Technology Report, part of the Lighting & Technology Group at Endeavor Business Media. Stephen is responsible for establishing and executing editorial strategy across the both brands’ websites, email newsletters, events, and other information products. He has covered the fiber-optics space for more than 20 years, and communications and technology for more than 35 years. During his tenure, Lightwave has received awards from Folio: and the American Society of Business Press Editors (ASBPE) for editorial excellence. Prior to joining Lightwave in 1997, Stephen worked for Telecommunications magazine and the Journal of Electronic Defense.

Stephen has moderated panels at numerous events, including the Optica Executive Forum, ECOC, and SCTE Cable-Tec Expo. He also is program director for the Lightwave Innovation Reviews and the Diamond Technology Reviews.

He has written numerous articles in all aspects of optical communications and fiber-optic networks, including fiber to the home (FTTH), PON, optical components, DWDM, fiber cables, packet optical transport, optical transceivers, lasers, fiber optic testing, and more.

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